Ale Beer: History and Modern Ale

What You Need to Know About Ale Beer

Ale beer is a type of beer brewed from malted barley using a warm fermentation with a strain of brewers’ yeast. Compared to larger yeasts, ale yeast ferments more quickly, and often produces a sweeter, fuller-bodied and fruitier taste. Most ale contains hops, which help preserve the beer and impart a bitter herbal flavor that balances the sweetness of the malt.

Ale was an important source of nutrition in the medieval world, particularly small beer, also known as table beer or mild beer, which was highly nutritious. It contained just enough alcohol to act as a preservative, and provided hydration without intoxicating effects. Small beer would have been consumed daily by almost everyone, including children, in the medieval world, with higher-alcohol ales served for recreational purposes. Ale may have been safer to drink than most water. However there is no evidence that people were even aware of that fact and chose to drink ale over water; it was safer due to the hours of boiling required in production, not the alcoholic content of the finished beverage. Brewing ale in the middle ages was mostly done by women; they were called “Brewster’s” or “Alewives”. Modern ale is typically fermented at temperatures between 15 and 24 degrees Celsius. At 24 degrees Celsius the yeast can produce significant amounts of esters and other secondary aromas that often result in a beer with slightly “fruity” compounds resembling to apple, pear, pineapple, banana, plum, cherry, or prune.

There is a variety of Ale beer like the Brown ale, which tends to be lightly hoppy. Pale ale, a term used for beers made from malt dried with Coke.  India Pale Ale, got its name from the Bow Brewery where it exported to India. Golden ale, which developed in hope of winning the younger people away from drinking lager in favor of cask ales. Scotch ales have a malty, strong ale amber-to-dark red in coloration. Mild ale originally meant non aged ale.  Burton ale is strong, dark and somewhat sweet ale used for blending with younger beers. Old ale was strong beer traditionally kept for about a year, gaining sharp, acetic flavors. Belgian ales are high in alcoholic content but relatively light in body.

Rubicon’s, Glynn Phillips, passion for beer has made him one of the most renown brewery owners in California, and if you want to try or can’t get enough of this fruity yummy beer you can stop by their brewery/restaurant on Capitol Ave. in Sacramento, CA for a pint glass full of your favorite Ale beer.

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